Nigerian Government Launches New Electronic Passport In UK, Vows To Address Delays

The Nigerian authorities has launched a brand new enhanced digital passport to enhance passport utility course of for Nigerians at residence and in diaspora.

Speaking in the course of the rollout of passport on the Nigerian High Commission in London, United Kingdom, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said that Nigerian passport was the best affirmation of Nigerian citizenship.

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He added that it was the duty of the Nigerian authorities to supply the passport with none stress and inside an inexpensive interval.

“What we have come to do here is symbolic of the core mandate of the Ministry of Interior and indeed, the Federal Government of Nigeria – affirmation of citizenship integrity,” the minister stated.

“The Nigerian passport is the highest affirmation of Nigerian citizenship. It is therefore our responsibility to provide the passport without any stress, within a reasonable period. As we are all aware, there have been huge challenges from passport administration, shortage of booklet to touting and an economy of corruption built around it.

“These challenges have persisted for too long and a lot of people have become cynical while other have taken them as normal and then rolled with it. But I come from a tradition of problem solving in public administration. I do not believe that any problem is insurmountable, so we are going to solve all the problems associated with passport administration and we are already succeeding.”

Revealing the options of the brand new enhanced Passport, Aregbesola stated it was an enormous enchancment from the usual Passport that was launched again in 2007, with extra refined safety features, making it one of the crucial secured passports on the earth.

“The Enhanced e-Passport is a great improvement on the Biometric Passport technology which Nigeria adopted in 2007 as a strategic step towards curbing forgery, impersonation and other forms of frauds associated with obtaining travel document under the old Machine Readable Passport regime.

”We are conscious that expertise guidelines the world and we’re maintaining abreast of the most recent growth within the subject. Over the years, the Nigeria Immigration Service had labored assiduously and in shut synergy with Messrs Iris Smart Technologies Limited to develop and implement Passport reforms which can be in tandem with worldwide greatest practices, together with extant International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Standards and Regulations,” he stated.

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Nigerian Government Launches New Electronic Passport In UK, Vows To Address Delays

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